SOURCE: The Miracle Foundation

February 08, 2006 19:24 ET

New Cancer Facility -- The Michael J. Tenaglia M.I.R.A.C.L.E. Pavilion -- Newly Opened at Mercy Medical Center

One Man's Dream Becomes a Reality

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 8, 2006 -- Thanks to the dream and commitment of one man touched by cancer, Long Island has received a new state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility. The Michael J. Tenaglia M.I.R.A.C.L.E. Pavilion at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY, opened to patients in December. A dedication ceremony is planned for spring.

The new Pavilion received its name from Michael J. Tenaglia, Founder of The Miracle (Making In Roads Against Cancers Lasting Effects) Foundation. Michael, former Senior VP for UBS PaineWebber, was an inspiring man with an unwavering commitment and dedication to helping cancer patients. In 1998, he was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of esophageal cancer. He was given a 4% chance to live one year. At that moment, Michael decided that his life was to be defined not by what happened to him, but by how he reacted to this challenge. With his characteristic energy and optimism, he made his battle an advocacy for others fighting cancer.

"I made a deal with God that if he got me through this, I would do something to make a difference," Tenaglia said. In 1999, after undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, Tenaglia and wife Patti began The Miracle Foundation. Through the Foundation, they set out to improve cancer care and to fund groundbreaking research in the quest for a cancer cure.

The M.I.R.A.C.L.E. Pavilion was part of his vision to make a difference and to help others by bringing premier cancer treatment to Long Island. The Foundation raised more than $1 million to develop this unique 22,000 square foot center, which is staffed by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It offers radiotherapy, chemotherapy, consultation, diagnostic treatment, support services and is capable of 35,000 outpatient oncology visits per year.

"We are very proud that Mike's dream has been realized and Long Island residents who are battling cancer have a world-class treatment option close to home. Through the completion of this worthy endeavor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Mercy Medical Center have demonstrated their resounding commitment to improving the lives of those with cancer," said Patti Tenaglia. Joe Castronovo, Miracle Foundation President, added, "This is a wonderful tribute to Mike and his dream, and offers a first-rate option for the region."

Eventually, Michael lost his valiant fight against cancer and effects of years of treatment. He was 49. His legacy will live on through the Pavilion and The Miracle Foundation.

The Miracle Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those diagnosed with cancer and to finding a cure for this disease. Integral to our mission are improving patient care, increasing cancer awareness and funding worthy scientific research. Our efforts focus on raising funds to support the work of individuals and organizations who can help us achieve our goals. We will remain committed to this pursuit until cancer is no longer a major health threat.

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